No Messi Wednesday for Germany-Argentina

(AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

BERLIN (AP) Germany and Argentina clash again 52 days after contesting the World Cup final, albeit with less at stake when the sides meet for a friendly in Duesseldorf.

It may seem incongruous to celebrate winning the World Cup with the defeated side in attendance, but Wednesday's game was organized last March, well before Mario Goetze scored in injury time on July 13 to give Germany its fourth title with a 1-0 win.

Some 40,000 fans turned up to celebrate Joachim Loew's side during Monday's open training session and Argentina will be keen to dampen their mood, particularly after German players poked fun at the beaten finalists on their return from Brazil with their "Gaucho dance" in Berlin.

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